State-of-the art digital video cameras, extensive experience, a sharp eye-for-beauty, and a passion for video production are equally important. I think of myself as a Sarasota’s premier storyteller and expert wedding videographer.Continue Reading
Notaries & Wedding Officients, dress & wedding gown boutiques, photographers & a videographer, notary, a musician on piano & DJs, a caterer, jewelry, wedding planners, wedding cup cakes for tasting and Wine tasting ~Brides & grooms met with Sarasota’s best wedding vendors in person! A mock wedding with dove release was at 5:00 p.m. Over a dozen doves were released to fly over Sarasota. It was beautiful!
The beautiful South Gate’s social hall, designed by Sarasota School architect Victor A. Lundy, sits on five private acres on the shady banks of Philippi Creek, just off South Gate Circle at Tuttle Avenue and Siesta Drive. The hall is available for rent for your important occasion. Mature oak trees & wildlife can be viewed through large glass window/walls. It can easily hold 140 guests seated at eight-foot banquet tables, with room left over for a spacious dance floor. Tables and chairs are set up for you according to your personal floor plan. There is a large, well-equipped kitchen available for catering use. South Gate Community Association members receive a generous discount. It’s open to the public this Sunday, and I’m looking forward to seeing you there. I’ll be giving away Door Prizes and Gift Certificates to go towards your Wedding Video Package.
To inquire about hall rentals, call 941-955-4597 — or better yet, see for yourself why South Gate Center is Sarasota’s best-kept secret! The office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Or for an appointment, just call Dan at 941-955-4597.
Instead just showing a picture slideshow to guests, let me help you really shine at your wedding reception. I spend an afternoon with you and your fiance at the beach or your favorite locations, much like your photographer will do with your engagement portrait session. I coordinate with your photographer to film your engagement photo session as a team. I like to bring fun and beautiful props like wine in gorgeous glasses, bubbles and roses! I also create a very laid back interview setting, allowing both of you to tell your story together in video, share funny memories, recall your first meeting and give insights into your relationship that most people might not have known. Your “Love Story” will be perfect for reception or rehearsal dinner. It entertains your wedding guests. I can edit inphotos and include old video footage. (It’s a great way to archive these priceless memories too.) Image watching your Love Story with a bottle of champagne on your anniversary every year. I would love to speak with you about adding this unique feature to your wedding video investment.
April with West Florida DJ is a fun DJ. She will get your guests up and dancing at your engagement party or wedding reception.
Call Leslie Harris-Senac at Visions Unlimited Video Productions in Sarasota FL to discuss you Beautiful Video today: 941/315-3456
Do I Need a Professional Videographer?
It’s not essential, but couples who hire a professional videographer are usually glad they did. Still photography captures important moments, but only videography will show your walk down the aisle is slow motion, capture your vows, toasts & First Dance music. “The only way to really relive the day is through video,” says Robert Allen, of Robert Allen Videojournalist. “You can hear the way people speak, see the way they move.”
How important is such a detailed recording? “The whole day was a whirlwind,” says Marissa Coyne of her December 2001 wedding in Cold Spring Hills, New York. “You can forget so much of what is going on.” Videography allowed her and her husband, Christopher, to once again experience the moments they remembered, and it also revealed things they had missed, including their parents’ teary smiles as the couple exchanged their vows. Couples also often find that, years later, their children love watching the video of their wedding.
Are There Different Styles of Videography to Consider?
The current trend for wedding videography is toward documentary-style work. These videos piece together the events of the day, often blending color with black-and-white footage for a natural and timeless approach. This seemingly straightforward style requires considerable artistic skill from the videographer, who must be able to capture the mood without special effects while keeping the focus on you. The more stylized wedding video utilizes some technical tricks like layering & editing to the beat to summon a mood. Many professional videographers use fade-outs and insert still shots, such as baby or family photos or first-date mementos. These approaches may incorporate music, interviews, special effects and titles.
The best way to end up with a film that you will view again and again is to communicate with your professional in advance. Let the videographer know what attracted you to her work, such as the blend of candid moments and still photography. How the elements are combined during the editing is as important as the way the video is shot, says Jeremy Faryar Mansuri, owner of New York City’s LifeStories Films. Editing, he explains, “really sets the pace” of a video. Also discuss sound, including your choice of songs for background or theme and the mix of music with live, happy chatter that will accompany the final product. As for length, most videographers will offer a range from a thirty-minute summary of your day to an hour long documentary.
A professional will know to include key moments and footage of the entire wedding party, but if there are special guests or events that you want on film, tell him so. “A couple should be as involved in the process as they’re comfortable with being,” says Allen. But at a certain point, remember: You’ve hired a professional because you admire that person’s skills. On the day, let her work. The best moments, as Lara Laitala, who was married in New York City in April 2000, discovered, will not be the ones you planned: “I was dancing with my brother, and all of a sudden my veil began to fall off,” she says. “I threw it out into the crowd. I didn’t really realize I did it, but on the video we have this great shot of me throwing it and my brother and me laughing.”
From Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2004 with updates by Leslie Harris Senac of Visions Unlimited Video Productions in Sarasota, FL
Call Leslie today at: 941/315-3456
or Email her: Les@BeautifulVideos.com